Since graduating from Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in Interdisciplinary Print Media, her creative practice has continued to explore her identity, finding ways of connecting with the different threads of her Papua New Guinean, European and Torres Strait Islander heritage. The carving techniques and storytelling aesthetics of Torres Strait Islander and Papua New Guinean culture combined with the Western influences of Tamika’s upbringing converge in her emergent practice as she explores and grows her own story.
Inspired by the immediate environment of Brisbane, Tamika’s practice focuses on minute areas of native flora and from these observations she creates a diverse range of organic patterns and forms. The relationship she has with the process of carving corresponds to the strength and fluidity of her natural environment, the constant randomness that arises from the directions in which she carves allows newly discovered forms to grow. There is an importance in the connection between the artistic process and herself as the medium, as it allows a new dialogue to come into play. As a landscape artist, Tamika harnesses her inquisitiveness for the natural environment to delve deeper into other topographies that she encounters. Relief print carving is not simply used as a tool for visualising these environments but rather, as a way of capturing her visceral impressions of place.
Since shooting to prominence in 2018 as one of the finalists for the prestigious 2018 ‘Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards’ (NATSIAA), Tamika was shortlisted for the 2019 Haugesund International Festival for Artistic Relief Print at the Haugesund Art Gallery (Norway) and was a Finalist in the 2020 National Works on Paper Awards, Mornington Peninsular Art Gallery, Victoria. She was an Australia Council Grant Recipient (Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Panel) in 2019 and later that year was a Onespace Gallery feature artist in the 2019 Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. Tamika has undertaken a major public art project at Herston Hospital STARS in 2020 and was collected by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and both regional and university galleries in that year.
Most recently in 2021, Tamika collaborated with nationally celebrated artist Brian Robinson on a stand-out exhibition entitled, A Carved Landscape: Stories of Connection and Culture. A Carved Landscape displayed their divergent experiences of coastal and urban environments yet preserved their creative responses to place, reflecting Torres Strait Islander traditions where motifs of their natural surroundings are central to their stories. This exhibition also included an ambitious 37-panel collaborative relief-print in a large-scale installation which merged their two distinctive carving styles.
Undulations Mural: Time Lapse. Tamika Grant-Iramu, Artspace Mackay Residency 2022. We would like to congratulate Tamika Grant-Iramu on finalising her residency at Artspace Mackay where
Claire Grant writes about Brian Robinson and Tamika Grant-Iramu of Zenadth Kes (Torres Strait Islands) heritage, who unite their practices in a confluence of freshwater
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